by Paul Rollin
If you’re keeping up with the rest of the atv motocross world, then you know that Quad Expert‘s very own Shane Stearns has been hitting the track pretty much every weekend to race ever since the snow melted. Despite some tough luck during the season, Shane has always kept his cool and the result are there. This week we opted to share his weekend experience, through his own words.
I had a pretty exciting day Sunday racing at Thunder Mud!
Got a pretty decent start in the first moto for the B class coming out 4th in the first corner and battling for 3rd for a few laps ’til I was able to get a good run off of the triple jump, giving me the drive to take the fast line in the upcoming corner and making the pass. I drove hard to catch up to second but ran out of laps to get the position, finishing 3rd.
In moto 1 for the Open AB class I got a horrible start. I got out of the gate good but a rider I’m friends with lost control in the first corner flipping several times, his body barrel rolling in front of me. I was barely able to get stopped but managed to, only a few inches from is body. I finished 9th and a lap down. I figured since the crash was at the start, the race was going to be restarted but it was not. The important thing is that nobody got hurt. Open AB crash video
The final moto for the B class I holeshoted 4th and was able to overtake 3rd position in the first corner. I made a charge for 2nd in the rhythm sections but couldn’t get it done, finishing 3rd which led to a third overall for the day.
Final moto for Open AB was wild! I got of the gate decent but took the outside line in the first corner and ate a dirty amount of roost (lol) but didn’t loose a position. Running this moto pretty much back to back from my B moto, I was tired but drove as hard as I could to keep up. I’m in this class to learn from the pros and learn is what I did, setting my fastest lap ever at thunder mud (1.56.532) and ran consistently at around1.56 every lap. My best lap time before was a 2.00.324., so I was stoked to have shaved 4 seconds off my lap time being tired! I finished 6th in that moto and sixth overall for the day.
I have moved up in the points as well, currently sitting in 2nd in the B class and 3rd in the Open AB. All smiles right now considering I’m the only B rider in the Open AB class running with the pros.
Good job Shane. Another memorable weekend in the books. The season finale is going to be a nail bitter for sure. Keep up the good work. The crew at Quad Expert is mighty proud of your efforts!